DescriptionContainer computing is revolutionizing the way applications are developed and delivered. It offers opportunities that never existed before for significantly improving efficiency of scientific workflows and easily moving these workflows from the laptop to the supercomputer. Tools like Docker and Shifter enable a new paradigm for scientific and technical computing. However, to fully unlock its potential, users and administrators need to understand how to utilize these new approaches. This tutorial will introduce attendees to the basics of creating container images, explain best practices, and cover more advanced topics such as creating images to be run on HPC platforms using Shifter.
The tutorial will also explain how research scientists can utilize container-based computing to accelerate their research and how these tools can boost the impact of their research by enabling better reproducibility and sharing of their scientific process without compromising security. This is an extension of the highly successful tutorial presented at SC16 that was attended by more than 100 people. The 2016 tutorial was very highly rated with 2.8 / 3 stars for “would recommend” and 4.3 / 5 stars for overall quality (compared to an average of 4.2 for all tutorials).